I hope you’re all taking care of your toddler’s teeth! Mommy and daddy taught me early on of “The Importance Of Brushing Your Teeth” and now I’m teaching all of my stuffed animals the same, such as Cookie Monster! Cookie Monster eats so many cookies — it’s therefore only beneficial to teach him about the importance of it, don’t you agree?!
In all seriousness, though. To ensure that your toddler’s teeth are strong and healthy, very much depends on what he or she eats. Hence try to eliminate sugary snacks between meals and – believe it or not – that includes raisins! Yes, raisins are high in sugar!
But the most important thing is to make cleaning your toddler’s teeth a habit, i.e. a daily routine!
I clean my teeth twice a day, before breakfast, and after my last drink of the day!
Should your toddler wear sunglasses?
My answer: Absolutely!
I LOVE wearing sunglasses – upside down, though! Wearing sunglasses will help protect your child from ultraviolet rays and therefore help minimize the risk for cataracts and other eye problems later in life.
But if your child resists, don’t push it! I must admit that (at first) I didn’t enjoy wearing them either until I discovered that you can wear them upside down as well!
Now, you tell me: Do I look cool, or what?
Watch out! We’re on the move! No more toddling for me, I progressed to more confident walking and running, plus jumping and climbing (on anything and everything!) and I’ve also added some nifty motor skills to my repertoire, like throwing a ball (and lots of other unauthorized objects!).
However, to coordinate these movements you need to be patient with us and give us plenty of encouragement!
One way to build our motor skills is to provide us with lots of time and (safe) places to practice. Luckily, we have a big backyard to run around in but if you don’t have one, don’t fret! Take your tot to your local park! Encourage us to romp, take us for walks or even enroll us in a few sport classes if your toddler needs a little extra encouragement.
- Balls of all sizes
- Ride-on toys
Keep Your Toddler Safe
Supervision is everything! Never leave your child unsupervised!
Let’s talk about parenthood!
Entering parenthood can be overwhelming but yet it is the most rewarding job on earth, don’t you agree? And even though we don’t quite understand the concept of “parenting” – we do understand one thing: Your love for us, your unconditional love, that is.
I’m grateful for my parents, who not only love me unconditionally, but always manage to put a smile on my face!
Often times parenting can be exhausting too, though. Nowadays, parents have full-time jobs – and yet – still have to do it all!
If you have one of “those” exhausting days please, remember the following below:
- Being a parent is one of the most rewarding jobs on earth and also one of the most challenging.
- Parenthood is a process. Learn to love the process.
- It is sometimes difficult to reconcile the fantasy of what you thought parenthood would be like, and what you thought you would be like as a mother/father, with reality.
- Take care of yourself. If you’re not happy, no one else in the family will be happy either.
- A good parent learns to love their child as he/she is and adjusts their parenting to suit their child.
Last but not least: Don’t take yourself too serious! Laughter is the best medicine, always!
I may use my lip to indicate frustration, sadness or to get attention.
Why the pouty face?
- Someone took my favorite toy
- Mommy and daddy are leaving for work
- Brushing my teeth
- Bed time
- My puppies won’t play with me
These are just a few reasons why I would give my parents the pouty face, yet it seems my parents discovered a way to tame my pouty lip by laughing it off! It’s their favorite method, in fact. They try to distract me by being completely funny and completely unrelated which is followed by an outburst of laughter! It turns my pouty face into a big smile indeed!
Hug that pouty lip goodbye!
Sometimes a pouty-lipped toddler like me needs a hug. Good old comfort never hurt anyone, don’t you agree? So next time you see your tot giving you a pouty lip simply laugh it off or give us some extra love and we’ll put that frown upside down!